From Pain to Performance: SoftWave Therapy's Role in Runner's High Hamstring Tendinopathy Rehabilitation
Running is more than just a physical activity; it's a way of life, a form of meditation, and a path to self-discovery. But every runner, at some point, encounters a roadblock in the form of injuries. High hamstring tendinopathy is one such injury that can disrupt a runner's journey. In this blog, we will delve into what high hamstring tendinopathy is, its causes, and symptoms, while also exploring the rehabilitation process. We will spotlight the role of SoftWave Therapy, a revolutionary treatment available at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness, and how it aids in the recovery of runners suffering from high hamstring tendinopathy.
What is High Hamstring Tendinopathy in Runners?
High hamstring tendinopathy is a condition characterized by the inflammation and degeneration of the tendons that attach to the ischial tuberosity—a bony prominence in the pelvis. These tendons play a critical role in stabilizing the hip joint and controlling leg movement. When they become damaged or inflamed, it can lead to significant pain and discomfort, especially for runners.
Causes and Symptoms
High hamstring tendinopathy often develops due to repetitive stress on the hamstring tendons. Runners are particularly susceptible due to the constant strain placed on these tendons.
Common causes include:
Overtraining or increasing mileage too quickly
Spinal and pelvis misalignment and poor posture which can lead to dysfunctional biomechanics
Muscular imbalances in the lower extremities and core
Tightness in the hamstrings or hip flexors
Runners with high hamstring tendinopathy may experience symptoms like:
Deep buttock or thigh pain.
Tightness in the hamstring area.
Weakness in generating power while running.
Tenderness around the sit bone area.
Exacerbation of pain during activities like running, climbing, or prolonged sitting.
Traditional Treatments and Rehabilitation
The initial approach to treating high hamstring tendinopathy often involves conservative methods:
Reducing or modifying running to allow the tendons to heal.
Physical Therapy: Engaging in specific exercises to strengthen imbalanced muscles and improve flexibility.
Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended by your doctor to reduce pain and inflammation.
Injections: Corticosteroid injections may alleviate pain and inflammation, albeit temporarily. *Camarata Chiropractic does not recommend these injections. See below alternatives that are superior!*
Can I Still Run?
The burning question for runners with high hamstring tendinopathy is whether they can continue running. While it depends on the severity of the injury, there are strategies to consider:
Find a Manageable Distance: Experiment with shorter distances or slower paces to find what you can handle without pain.
Focus on Muscle Imbalances: Include exercises that target muscular weaknesses or imbalances, such as single-leg RDLs with weights, eccentric bridges, and Nordic hamstring curls.
Recovery can be a gradual process, often spanning 3-6 months, running experts say. Many runners find that they can return to their previous level of performance after proper rehabilitation.
The Role of Chiropractic Care
Chiropractic care plays a pivotal role in the rehabilitation of runners with high hamstring tendinopathy. At Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness, our team of doctors, led by Dr. Sam Camarata, provides comprehensive care to support alignment, posture, and balance throughout the body. Chiropractors work on pelvis, hip, knee, ankle, and foot adjustments to enhance alignment from the ground up and promote activation and balance in the extremities, crucial for runners.
The Power of SoftWave Therapy
Now, let's dive into the revolutionary therapy that is changing the game for runners with high hamstring tendinopathy: SoftWave Therapy. Available at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness, SoftWave Therapy is a non-invasive treatment that offers accelerated recovery for runners.
How SoftWave Therapy Works: SoftWave Therapy employs electrohydraulic supersonic acoustic waves to penetrate deep into the affected area. These waves stimulate angiogenesis, increase blood flow and circulation, activate stem cells for tissue repair and regeneration, and break up scar tissue.
SoftWave Therapy and High Hamstring Tendinopathy
Specifically, for high hamstring tendinopathy, SoftWave Therapy offers several benefits:
SoftWave Therapy helps decrease pain and discomfort.
It aids in reducing inflammation in the affected tendons.
Blood Flow Enhancement:
The therapy improves blood flow and circulation to the injured area.
Tissue Repair and Regeneration:
By activating stem cells, SoftWave Therapy supports the body's natural healing processes.
Experience with Dr. Sam Camarata
Dr. Sam Camarata, a pioneer in SoftWave Therapy, has extensive experience in treating runners with high hamstring tendinopathy. Patients at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness have reported significant pain relief and accelerated recovery, allowing them to return to running with less pain and optimal function.
High hamstring tendinopathy can be a challenging obstacle for runners, but it doesn't have to be the end of the road. With the right approach, including SoftWave Therapy, chiropractic care, and tailored rehabilitation, runners can transition from pain to performance. Dr. Sam Camarata and the dedicated team at Camarata Chiropractic & Wellness are committed to helping runners achieve their goals and experience the joy of running once again. Don't let high hamstring tendinopathy keep you from the runner's high—embrace the path to recovery and rediscover the joy of running.